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Casting Policy

Casting decisions are made primarily by the production director and by the Department of Theatre Arts Chair when necessary.  The department supports the principle of non-traditional casting.  Non-traditional casting is the use of ethnic minority actors (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, etc.), female actors, and physically challenged actors in roles where race, ethnicity, gender and/or physical capabilities are not absolutely essential to the character's development.

Audition Policy

  • Any UWL student enrolled with at least 3 credits are eligible to audition for Department of Theatre Arts productions.
  • It is understood that any theatre major/minor auditioning for a production, including SummerStage, who has not specified that the audition is "for experience only" agrees to accept any role on the cast list awarded by the director.  Failure to accept the role (i.e. turning down the role), except under extenuating circumstances, will forfeit the next casting possibility within the department for that student.
  • The nature of auditioning is competitive and the faculty endeavors to cast from the efforts of a specific audition and not past histories, accomplishments or previous roles.
  • Majors are ineligible to audition with a GPA below 2.0. 
  • All Theatre Arts majors are required to audition:
    • Performance/Musical Theatre students must audition for each department production.
    • Design/Technical/General Studies/Management students must audition for at least one production each academic year.
  • UWL faculty members may be cast if the qualities demonstrated are deemed necessary for a production.
  • Members of the La Crosse community may audition with prior approval of the Department of Theatre Arts.
  • In production requiring children, the director will establish procedures with the department chair for auditioning child actors.
  • In the rare instance when a role cannot be cast through the audition process, the department will determine procedures for filling the role.

Role Acceptance Policy

It is understood that any theatre major/minor auditioning for a production, including SummerStage, who has not specified that the audition is "for experience only" agrees to accept any role awarded by the director on the cast list.  Failure to accept the role (i.e. turning down the role), except under extenuating circumstances, will forfeit the next casting possibility within the department for that student.


Cast lists will be posted on the theatre call boards (at the end of the theatre hallway).  Auditioners should check the cast list, initial his/her acceptance of the role and pick up a script (as indicated on the cast list or by e-mail via the stage manager).

Notification for the first rehearsal will be either posted with the cast list or sent out via e-mail by the stage manager.  During the first read-through, cast members will be asked to complete a conflict schedule, brief program biography, and hometown publicity form.  A complete rehearsal schedule will be determined once the conflict sheets are collected.

Rehearsals usually run Monday through Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Depending on the size of your role, you may not be required to attend every rehearsal.  This will be determined by the director and communicated by the stage manager.  Occasionally, the director may schedule additional rehearsals depending on the production needs.

All cast and crew members are required to:

  • Come to rehearsal prepared and on time.
  • Maintain a professional attitude with other members of the cast and crew.
  • Attend all scheduled rehearsal and tech week rehearsals.
  • Attend all ACTF critiques.
  • Attend classes and maintain University eligibility requirements.
  • Participate in strike following the final performance of a production.
  • Return musical scripts, with all pencil markings completely erased, to the stage manager by the end of strike.
  • Assist with production publicity (i.e. radio/newspaper/television interviews, informational tables, special performances, high school matinee performances, etc.).
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All auditions are cold readings (nothing to prepare) unless otherwise indicated.  However, auditioners are strongly urged to read and be familiar with the script.  Scripts are available for review at Murphy Library's Reserve Desk.  Please note that the location of the auditions is subject to change.  Watch for posters on campus for audition information.

Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Greg Parmeter
Tuesday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks September 4
Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts

Church and State                         
by Jason Odell Williams
Directed by Mary Leonard
Auditions were held in Spring 2019
Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall


By William Eno
Directed by Dr. Eric Jorgensen
Sunday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m.
Callbacks September 16 at 5:00 p.m.
Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts
Please prepare a 1-minute contemporary monologue.



Little Women (musical)
Based on the book by Louisa May Alcott
By Jason Howland, Mindi Dickstein & Allan Knee
Directed by Mary Leonard
Sunday, November 17 (4:00 p.m.)
Sunday, November 24 (4:00 p.m.)
Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall
Please prepare 32 bars of a 
Broadway musical number similar in style and shows off character.


Hyronomous A. Frog: The Frog Prince
by Edith Weiss
Directed by Dr. Eric Jorgensen
Tuesday, January 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Callbacks January 28, 2020
Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall


She Kills Monsters
by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Greg Parmeter
Tuesday, January 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m
Callbacks January 28, 2020
Toland Theatre, Center for the Arts



CabaretAny student interested in declaring a Musical Theatre major must first audition and be accepted into the program. Auditions are held in November, February and March for admission into the program in the subsequent fall semester.

Music Theatre program auditions consist of: 

  • Two prepared songs:
    • Two contrasting songs from the musical theatre repertoire.
    • Songs should be appropriate for your vocal range and personality.
    • An accompanist will be provided (fee of $15.00). You may bring your own accompanist.
    • Please have your music clearly marked for the accompanist.
  • One prepared monologue from a contemporary play
    • Either comic or serious.
    • Selection should reveal your personality and character type.
  • A brief interview with the Theatre Performance faculty.


*  Total time for audition (songs and monologue) should not exceed 4 minutes.

For more information, please contact Mary Leonard, Music Theatre Coordinator, at 608.785.6704 or mleonard@uwlax.edu.   To schedule a campus visit/music theatre audition, please complete a theatre visit form.

Auditioning for a role can be a nerve-wracking experience. However, with these tips and lots of practice, you can give an outstanding audition and can give you an opportunity to do what you love… perform.


  • Be sure to have a pen/pencil to fill out information sheets, etc.
  • Have at least 2 copies of your headshot and current resume stapled together. You will probably only need one, but sometimes they’ll ask for a second, especially if you’re being seen by a panel.
  • Read the script. At UWL, most auditions are cold readings which means you need nothing prepared. However, the director does expect you to be familiar with the storyline and characters.
  • Have a copy of your schedule so that you can complete the “time conflict” form. This will include your classes, work or special events that may interfere with the rehearsal/production process.


  • Arrive early so that you have ample time to complete paperwork, review sides, etc. Sign in immediately.
  • Be prepared. An actor should always have a number of monologues ready. If you are given the sides in advance, be extremely familiar with them.
  • Dress appropriately. Clothes should be clean and presentable. You should also be able to move freely especially if the audition includes a dance routine.
  • As you enter the audition room, introduce yourself and present your headshots/resume. Make eye contact.
  • Be prepared to talk about yourself on a personal and professional level. Be able to speak on your career aspirations, previous work experience, etc.
  • Immediately following your audition, thank the casting director and leave the room quietly.


  • Be positive and friendly.
  • Listen. Never interrupt the director.
  • Be engaged. Have questions or comments about the material if asked.
  • Be fearless. An audition is not a moment to ask permission. Don’t apologize for yourself or make excuses. If you mess up a line in your monologue, keep going.
  • Be polite. Do not linger after your audition.
  • Watch what you say and who you say it to.
  • Be aware of your posture. Body language reveals a great deal about what we think and feel. Stand up straight, shoulders back and be confident.